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Applications for 2021 are now closed.

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Now in its 21st year, Next Generation is our flagship training course. Its main aim is to provide those working or volunteering in museums, galleries, libraries and archives with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and networks to become future managers and leaders in their respective sector.


The course is suitable for anyone working or volunteering in the heritage, libraries, or archives sectors who aspires to, or has recently been appointed to a management post, or has responsibility for people, budgets, or projects, and is seeking to develop the relevant training to enable them to perform well in this and future roles.

The course is comprised of ten workshops (including induction) spread across the year, that focus on a number of management training areas. The content is tailored to attendee needs on a course by course basis. Areas typically covered include:


  • Getting to know you

  • Managing yourself

  • People management

  • Leadership and team working

  • Project management

  • Financial management & fundraising

  • Communication skills

  • Influencing & persuading

  • Partnership and managing volunteers

  • Marketing

  • Negotiating & evaluating


The workshops are delivered at venues across the region with the aim of providing attendees with an opportunity to meet and hear from leading museum, library, and archive professionals, as well as seeing first hand examples of good practice in action. Each workshop will also provide attendees with a safe space to share ideas and expertise, and build networking skills and opportunities.


In addition to the workshops, course participants will also have access to and form an online community with course organisers, where idea sharing, discussion, and support networks will continue to be built upon.


To ensure that everyone gets the most out of the course we do ask that each participant commit to a personal development plan that will be shaped in discussion with the course organisers as well the participants line manager/employer.

To Note:


  • The exact course programme will be finalised in discussion with participants.

  • Workshops will be held in person where Government Covid guidance allows and all participants will be required to follow venue Covid guidelines.

Cost and How to Apply


The course cost will between £600 - £800, dependant on attendee numbers and sponsorship. A final total will be confirmed in August.


To apply please send an expression of interest to


For further information please contact the course organiser Jane Walton


Organiser Biography 

Jane has been involved in the Next Generation training programme for a number of years and, having been involved in developing the first training programme, she more recently organised Next Gen 2020, and is a regular contributor to other Fed training events.

Jane also has an extensive background in education, local government, and cultural heritage. Formerly of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), Jane is a founding member of the Young People's Enterpirse Forum and from 2007-2010 was regional director of the Make Your Mark campaign in Wakefield and then Yorkshire, which delivered activities designed to engage young people in enterprise and promoting self-employment as a positive career path.

Currently, Jane is the director of a micro-enterprise which aims to promote and develop a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship across Yorkshire, she also provides business mentoring and training for young people for the Princes Trust’s Explore Enterprise programme and Unltd, and is the chair of Young Enterprise West Yorkshire. 

In addition to this Jane is a member of Soroptimists International (Wakefield) supporting girls and women, the chair of trustees at the Castleford Heritage Trust and a trustee Wakefield Well Women’s Centre, as well as being a qualified teacher, a WEA tutor, and Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, CIPD and the RSA.


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